evolution, creationism, intelligent design and THE problem of animal suffering (interview with Ron Osborn)

Today’s post is an interview with Ronald E. Osborn, author of Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, a critique “scientific creationism” and wrestles with questions of divine goodness in the light of harrowing realities of animal suffering.  In my opinion, this is one of the more perplexing, and even unsettling, issues for [Read More...]

Augustine and his figurative–and therefore not at all modern evangelical–view of the Bible

EerdWord (Eerdman’s online author blog) just posted some thoughts by Michael Graves on “Augustine and the Inspiration of Scripture.” Graves, Armerding Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, just published with Eerdmans The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us. I feel this is an important book for a number of [Read More...]

biblical literalism: take a picture, it’ll last longer

A friend of mine took these photos of a sunrise over Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA. In his words, “I turned it from a nice color picture into a black & white, high contrast print with little detail or nuance of meaning.  I did this as a parable of what is being done to Scripture by [Read More...]

meteorologists: those godless liberal heathens

I shouldn’t have to say this, but experience suggests I provide the following disclaimer: The following makes a serious point through the use of humor, specifically, it exposes the absurdity of an argument–a literalistic reading of the creation story in Genesis–by applying its logic and premises to an analogous issue covered in Scripture–weather. If you do not [Read More...]

defending a literal reading of Genesis: an elderly pastor’s hill to die on

I recently stumbled upon a lengthy, passionate defense of a literal reading of the biblical creation story. This was posted by G. I. Williamson, a name likely not known outside of very conservative Presbyterian and Reformed circles, but within the Orthodox Presbyterian Church he is a revered and authoritative voice. I am not posting this to [Read More...]


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